You have probably read about the fire disaster in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg. As of right now the Park is closed. Thank you to those who have contacted me to make sure that I'm okay. I'm blessed to not live close to the impacted area but am very sad over the devastation that many people are dealing with. The woods will heal quickly, but many people are now dealing with rebuilding their lives. Those scars will last much longer.
If you are interested in fishing, the Park should improve with the coming rainfall. Once it opens back up, fishing should be okay unless it gets really cold which is likely this time of year. Nymphing will be the way to go. A large fly like a stonefly and a small nymph like a blue-winged olive are a good idea in the winter. Next spring has the potential to feature some of the best hatches we've had in a while. That assumes we don't get tons of high water this winter which is nearly impossible to forecast ahead of time. That said, some of the best quill gordon hatches have happened during or just after drought years.
Fishing on the Caney Fork River should continue to be good through the cold months this year. We have had an incredible year on the river. While we can't hope for the river to fish this well every year, next spring and summer should be good as well unless we get long periods of high water.
Please avoid wading on gravel spawning areas. Those eggs have a good chance of making it through the next couple of months to hatch time if we don't have too much high water. This applies on the Caney Fork River and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Photo of the Month: The Colors of a Rainbow
Monday, December 16, 2013
Still Some Left
After the recent arctic outbreak here in Colorado, I'm sure that most people don't want to be reminded of how good they could have it. You know, those nice fall days where the colors are peaking but the daytime temperatures are still reasonable...? Or maybe you will think of spring with its increasing BWO hatches and hungry trout. Anyway, whatever it is, I discovered I still have some fall pictures left, quite a lot of them actually. So here are a few more of my favorites from back in October.
The Flatirons after an early season snow shower
Nature's Canvass in the upper Crystal River Valley